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Certifying our homes for a lifetime of living.

Second Edition_March 2012_LHD Guidelines Final

Livable Housing Australia (LHA) is a partnership between community and consumer groups, government and industry. LHA champions the mainstream adoption of livable housing design principles in all new homes built in Australia. LHA arose from the Kirribilli Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, which established nationally agreed guidelines on designing and building livable homes.



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Certification Process

Achieving our Silver, Gold and Platinum levels of design provide the basis for home has been designed and built with livability in mind.

Achieving a rating involves an assessment at the design and/or as built stages of your project by a qualified industry professional including architects, designers, builder designers, access consultants and building surveyors.

Qualified industry professions can evaluate the design and completed construction of homes against the Livable Housing Design Guidelines. 

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    Select Your Assessor

    Select and contact your desired assessor via our website (site listings undermaintenance, by way of professional industry associations or by talking to a qualified industry professional.

    Design Your Project

    Once you’ve secured your chosen assessor, ask the industry professional to meet one of the three LHA levels.

    Assessment Completed

    Your assessor will undertake a review of your designs / dwelling and submit the results to the register (site under maintenance).

    Receive Your Results

    Once your project is certified, you will receive all the related documentation and the use of the LHa logo (conditions for logo use to be finalised).


Livable Projects

Dwellings that comply with the Silver, Gold or Platinum performance levels outlined in the Livable Housing Design Guidelines are located all through the community. These case studies of certified projects provide information to help you understand just how easy it is to make a livable home.


Download Guidelines

The Livable Housing Design Guidelines were created to provide a nationally consistent, inexpensive and practical set of guidelines to make homes safer, more comfortable and easier to access for people of all ages and abilities.

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Assess your home

Our Silver, Gold and Platinum ratings represent a trusted quality mark - a seal of approval that gives you confidence that your home has been designed and built with livability in mind.

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The History of LHA

Established in 2011, Livable Housing Australia is a not-for-profit partnership between community and consumer groups, government and the residential building industry.

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9 Sep 2014

New board member for Livable Housing Australia

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